Rithmio, a startup based in Chicago has developed a platform which will help wearable devices to quickly learn and separate certain motions. If you are wondering who will find this helpful, well this could help people who wear smartwatches or fitness-tracking wristbands while working out. The software is described as a platform that “integrates with motion-sensing devices such as wearables or smartphones to learn, track, and analyze gestures.”
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Opening the Doors for a Wide Range of Possibilities
Rithmio hopes that its software will open the doors for a wide range of fitness-tracking possibilities. One of the applications of the software, which is also called Rithmio, is to allow wearables to recognize a vast range of activities and gestures without the requirement of huge movement data. Currently, only limited number of movements can be captured which include cycling, running and climbing stairs.
Rithmio can learn new activities like bench presses, bicep curls, squats, etc. in a few seconds. It will also be able to measure repetition and speed.
It will also be able to differentiate between slight changes like small and medium-sized arm rotations. The CEO and co-founder of Rithmio, Adam Tilton, said that the next step for Rithmio will be to find out the form and efficiency, compared to earlier workouts.
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Use of Rithmio
The company hasn’t yet released any apps. However, plans are to share software tools in the last half of 2015 to allow developers to use the gesture-recognition info on iPhone, Android Wear smartwatches and the Apple Watch. According to Tilton, Rithmio is working with companies like Intel to integrate its technology into different devices and chips. He also added that the software will be used to develop personalized gesture-based products, sometimes in 2016.
If Rithmio is used by different fitness trackers, it could help this industry to revive as currently most of the fitness-tracking devices are discarded after six months of use.
Rithmio can be integrated with any device, it is customizable, it gives accurate results and can be used easily by developers.
So, in the future we can hope to use fitness tracking devices in a more helpful way.
Do you think Rithmio will be helpful for users? Can it be used for further developments? We would like to hear your thoughts on this.